Since 1993, Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club has hosted a round of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, the world’s most spectacular water sport series.

The Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi is staged over a course run between the Breakwater and the Corniche, creating dramatic action for spectators against an impressive city skyline backdrop.

Likened to driving an F1 race car at full speed over a ploughed field, F1 powerboat racing has been around since 1981.

In fact, today’s F1 powerboats accelerate faster than F1 cars, going from standstill to 160kph in only 4 seconds, often reaching 230kph during races.

Drivers compete at these speeds without the use of brakes or gears, making the UIM F1 H2O series highly competitive, fascinating, challenging, daring and entertaining – the ultimate extreme sport.

Races last approximately 45 minutes over a marked out circuit, with the starting grid decided by qualifying sessions in which competitors go all out to earn pole position by setting the fastest time.

Staged in cities around the globe, the UIM F1H2O World Championship is run on lakes, lagoons, rivers and creeks, bringing race excitement as close as possible to fans and creating a fantastic spectacle.

For more information visit www.f1h2o.com


Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club is the driving force behind Team Abu Dhabi, one of the most powerful forces in world championship powerboat racing.

Team Abu Dhabi is a one of the leading challengers in the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, the most spectacular series in international powerboat racing.

Team manager Guido Cappellini is a record-breaking ten-times world F1 champion and five-times winner of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi.

Emirati driver Thani Al-Qamzi and his American team-mate Shaun Torrente form a formidable partnership keeping the team at the forefront of the drivers’ and teams title races.

Shaun Torrente is a two-times F1 world champion and while Al-Qamzi has recorded seven F1 race wins and 38 podium finishes in his career.


F1 Head of Team

F1 Drivers


More than 12 members of Team Abu Dhabi support the team in the Mechanical and Technical services.